Dr. Dre Is Hip-Hop’s Cash King And We Wish We’d Invented Beats By Dre

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Dr. Dre Is The Cash King Topping Forbes List

Now that the Forbes highest earners in hip-hop list is out we have one wish: that we’d invented Beats By Dre. Topping the list as this year’s Hip-Hop Cash King, Dr. Dre raked in $110 million largely due to his popular $100 and up headphones. Dre made $100 million pre-tax money after HTC paid $300 million for a 51% stake in the company last year. Being the businessman that he is, Dre and his partners bought back the 51% stake HTC purchased. With the kind of revenue Beats By Dre is bringing in we get why Detox seems like the album that will never be.

At. No. 1 Dr. Dre passed two of hip-hop’s highest earners–Puffy and Jay-Z who earned $45 and $38 million respectively. Kanye West and Lil Wayne trailed close behind in the number four and five spots. Outside business ventures for rappers has been a gold mine. Not too shabby for a genre that started in the Bronx as something that was initially not marketable, let alone profitable. And since Dre is getting (mucho!) paper, he officially gets a pass for moving at a snail’s pace with Detox.

Cash Kings 2012: Hip-Hop’s Top Earners [Forbes]

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